Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adelekerejected the decision of the election tribunal that annulled his election and declared his opponent the winner.
He also announced his decision to file an appeal against the decision in the Court of Appeal.
PREMIUM TIMES informed How the Osun State Governorship Electoral Tribunal on Friday ruled that Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was the rightful winner of the election.
The tribunal also ordered the electoral commission, INEC, to withdraw the return certificate issued to Mr. Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and issue the same to Mr. Oyetola.
In his reaction, Mr. Adeleke described the sentence as a “miscarriage of justice”.
According to a statement by his spokesman, Olawale Rashid, Mr Adeleke erred in the tribunal’s ruling on over-voting in Mr Oyetola’s favour, calling it an “unfair interpretation against the will of the majority of the electorate”.
Despite the tribunal’s ruling, Mr. Adeleke will remain in office until the higher courts rule on the matter.
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Read Mr. Rashid’s full statement below.
Court ruling: Governor Adeleke rejects Court Judgment, goes to Court of Appeal
The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has described the decision of the governorship tribunal as a “miscarriage of justice”, vowing to challenge it at the Court of Appeal.
Reacting to the Ede Tribunal ruling from the country house, Governor Adeleke faulted the resolution of the over-voting issue in Mr. Oyetola’s favor, calling it an “unfair interpretation against the will of the majority of the electorate”.
Governor Adeleke urged his supporters to remain calm, but vowed to appeal the decision at the Court of Appeal, saying he remains the legitimate winner of the July 16 election.
“I call our people to be calm. We will appeal the verdict and we are confident that justice will be served. Let our people rest assured that we will do everything in our power to retain this widely favored mandate,” Governor Adeleke declared.
Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Press Secretary of the Chief Executive
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